Responsive Web Design: 5 Tools to Try First

QArea Expert by QArea Expert on April 4, 2014

Responsive Web Design: 5 Tools to Try First
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 responsive-web-designWhile building a website today developers are challenged by a great number of sizes and browsers which is really daunting. Additionally, with mobile adoption in bloom, the diversity of handheld devices is growing exponentially. Luckily, with modern testing tools and frameworks for responsive web design you don’t need any custom code.

To get started, use the following 5 tools.


This fluid grid system is the successor of 960 Grid System. Rather than featuring a fixed number of columns, this grid is completely based on percentages that makes it more flexible. For example, you can get easily get a column 50% wide. There are available grid classes both for separating a page in thirds and multiples of five. It supports all the major browsers including Internet Explorer (7+), Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.


Designed by Jacob Thornton and Mark Otto at Twitter, Bootstrap provides a front-end CSS framework which is easily configurable. Bootstrap behaves and looks great no only in latest desktop browsers (including IE7), but in smartphone and tablet browsers as well, with dozens of components, a responsive grid of 12 columns, JavaScript plugins, form controls, typography, and also features its web-based Customizer. The tool comes in various shapes and forms, such as Retriever Bootstrap, Google Bootstrap and funny Geo Bootstrap.


This tool offers a good way of checking your web design’s status quo. By entering the url of your local or online site you are free to use the controls for adjusting the height and width of your viewport in order to find some exact breakpoint widths that can be well used in the media queries.


This open-source editor intended for web development and design is written on top of CSS , HTML and JavaScript. This project is made and maintained by Adobe, released under the MIT License. Developers like to hand-edit their CSS code and probably do a wide range of special tweaks for every media query. Brackets provides the in-line views “Quick Edit” which gives context-sensitive access to the content without getting you away from the source code. Literally, the browser is your design view.


As well as Responsivepx, this tool tests your responsive site layout status quo and offers you to drop, drag, slide or copy the CSS necessary to make your website design truly responsive.

Use one of the above tools or just use them all at once – they will come in handy both ways when it comes to the responsiveness of your website design.